Council clamps down on anti-social behaviour in Hemswell Cliff

West Lindsey District Council has approved an order to crack down on anti-social and other behaviours deemed unreasonable in Hemswell Cliff.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) will come into effect from June 4, and covers animals being grazed or housed on public spaces, bonfires and burning on public land, and inconsiderate parking on green areas.

It will also aim to tackle people using public land for their own personal use and quad bikes, scooters and mini motos being used to cause damage and nuisance to residents.

Anyone who breaches the order could be fined up to £100 by a council warden.

The PSPO will last for three years before it has to be renewed.

A consultation held with residents saw 34 out 35 respondents indicate that they were in favour of the PSPO, with the other person unsure.

Councillor Paul Howitt-Gowan said prior to the consultation: “Numerous reports have been made over the last few months regarding an increase in activity which residents, businesses and visitors to the area have been concerned by.

“Residents feel the misuse of land is not only having an effect on the visual impact of the area but they also feel unsafe.

“It is important that we show that this type of activity is not acceptable in our communities. This order will be the first step in a series of actions the council is looking at to improve the area.”

Members of the council’s Regulatory Committee unanimously approved making the PSPO at a meeting in Gainsborough on Thursday, March 15.

This is the latest action being taken aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in the village north of Lincoln and east of Gainsborough.

CCTV cameras were installed in January 2018, with the council working with Lincolnshire Police to monitor the footage which is being recorded 24/7.